The editorial team of Journal of American Sign Languages and Literatures is seeking submissions about music and its place in American Sign Languages, Deaf/ASL literature, Deaf Studies, and Deaf Culture.

We will be able to provide technical support (filming and editing) on a case by case basis. For those who prefer to submit their manuscripts in English, we will be able to translate your work into ASL.

Possible Themes: We invite contributors to draw upon the themes below. Contributions beyond the following ideas are also welcome.
– Role of music in Deaf culture
– Contributions of Deaf people to music (e.g. Beethoven, Evelyn Glennie)
– Relationship or role of music in art produced by Deaf artists
– Relationship between signed songs and ASL literature
– Signed songs as a means of profit or fame
– Themes and intersectionality in music produced by Deaf musicians
– Signed music as resistance to colonialism and the hegemony of English
– Sign language interpreters and their role in music, access, and exploitation
– Deafcentric means of music production
– ASL songs and Deaf music-making
– The positioning of Deaf people as authorities or non-authorities on music
– Intersectional analyses of music, race, gender, and sexuality in Deaf culture
– The use of signed music in teaching American Sign Language: should we or shouldn’t we?

For information on submissions, please visit:

Please submit your work to by May 30, 2017.